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(Updated   November 27  2014)
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 963 million
Mobiles  936 million 
Landlines: 27 million 
Total no. of PCs: 100 million 
Internet users:  300 million  including  mobile Internet 159  million
Broadband:  80  million (wired: 15 million;   wireless : 65  million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)

- NEW! Internet users in India will cross 300 million by December 2014: study
- More than half of e-tail customers do IT from mobile phones
- Sluggish Indian printer -copier business in Q 1 2014: IDC numbers
- Indian usage of video on mobile... Vuclip study
- Akamai data on Internet speeds in India and Asia
- India Internet numbers for 2014 from IAMAI

- IAMAI study on Mobile Internet in India
- Gartner study on 3-D printer market

- Worldwide  mobile usage: Ericsson study

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IT happened in India
  Cloud based hiring platform makes job searches easier
Unique search algorithms and intelligent mapping help job seekers to connect better with prospective employers Bangalore, November 28 2014: A day in a job seeker's life usually involves sifting through the inbox to identify appropriate jobs from dozens -- sometimes hundreds -- of relevant and mostly irrelevant ones. ....
Latest Redmi phone from Xiaomi shows significant localization for India
From Vishnu Anand Bangalore,November 27 2014:  Xiaomi's R&D group , with help from its  Indian team has incorporated quite  a few key  India-specific features in the company's latest  handset launch this week.-- the Redmi Note 4G. ....
Comeback kid! Lumia smartphone under a Microsoft hood
Bangalore,  November 26, 201: Microsoft  has launched the first Lumia smartphone  that  does not carry the Nokia name. ...
Tech startups get a fillip from Microsoft's India Accelerator programme
Bangalore, India, November 26, 2014:   Eleven tech startups have graduated from the fifth batch of Microsoft Ventures' India Accelerator Programme. ...
Apple users need to watch out for new threat: Palo Alto Networks
Singapore, November 25, 2014: Global  leader in enterprise security, Palo Alto Networks,  has announced the  discovery of a new family of Apple OS X and iOS malware exhibiting characteristics unseen in any previously documented threats targeting Apple platforms. ...

Education and e-learning
Digital is big draw, for Indian students selecting a university: Accenture survey
Arlington VA(USA); Nov. 27, 2014: A five-country survey by Accenture finds that the  majority of college-bound students (85 percent) fedel  that digital capabilities, such as integration of technology into classrooms, virtual coursework and online classes, are a top determinant in choosing which university to attend. ....
Karnataka to set up smart classrooms in 50 govt colleges in a pilot scheme
Bangalore, November 27 2014: The  Karnataka government has decided  to set up Smart Classrooms in  50 government colleges  as the first step in its  ambitious plans to e-nable the higher education system in the state. Electronic content by way  video lectures, audio  and e-books and e-lecture notes,  for undergraduate course syllabii as well as personality development  is already being made available. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Keyless, smartphone-based hotel room entry is here!
"Marrying  high tech and high touch to transform the hotel experience in many exciting ways" -- Starwood Stamford, Connecticut( US) November 6 2014: Yet another avatar for  the smart phone. Now it can help you check into a hotel without joining a queue, proceed straight to your room   and  open it by just placing the phone near the door handle!  US-headquartered Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide  have  introduced   for members of  Starwood Preferred Guest  their loyalty programme, the hospitality industry’s first mobile, keyless entry system: SPG Keyless. ....
Kerala's Abad hotel group's WiFi goes from fee to free
Kochi, October 26 2014: Kudos to the Abad group of hotels in Kerala which has recently  introduced free WiFi in all its properties! The group runs a chain of 12 resorts and hotels in Kerala . Seven hotels are located in Cochin (Ernakulam) including one at Cochin International Airport and the resorts are located at Munnar, Kumarakom, Thekkady, Marari Beach and Kovalam. ....

Indian healthcare provider, HelpingDoc, receives Rs 100 million infusion from Singapore investor
New Delhi, November 18, 2014: Singapore-based Senior Marketing Systems Asia Pte  (SMS) is to  invest the equivalent of Rs 100 million in, a  two year old  Indian  gateway for healthcare providers to connect to their patients. ....
Students from ISB win global prize, $ 1 m funding for their health tool
November 6 2014:  A diagnostic tool for chronic disease management -- ‘Doc in the Box’  -- has won for  five  students  from the Indian School of Business (ISB; with campuses in Hyderabad and Mohali) , the prestigious Hult Prize and a  $ 1 million funding support from the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). ....
UST's mobile telemedicine application harnesses Blackberry service
New Delhi, September  30, 2014: IT services  company, UST Global,  has  joined  Blackberry India and  Dr. ...

Product Pulse
iBall Slide WQ 149: This Tablet does double duty
Bangalore, November 24 2014:  If you can't make up your mind whether to go in for a lightweight notebook PC  or a larger tablet, the iBall Slide (WQ149) might solve your dilemma. You can eat your cake and have it too! If you want to use the device in its tablet avatar, it  weighs less than 640 grams, comes with a handy pouch and  has a slot for a 3G SIM for Internet  access. ....
Portronics Glitz: This Bluetooth speaker is a mini powerhouse of sound and light
‘Lighting up your life’ assumes a literal meaning if you happen to own  the Portronics Glitz wireless speaker. With Bluetooth, 'Aux in' and NFC connectivity options, you can pretty much sync music from any source and play it on the Glitz speaker – a snug but sturdy piece of hardware that resembles the minimalistic speakers you find at apparel showrooms these days. ....
iPhone6 Plus: More phablet than phone
By  V. Sudhakshina Bangalore, November17 2014: In its  latest phone release ,  Apple seems to have used the word 'Plus'  in the fashion sense  of oversized -- and why not?  Every iPhone is  a fashion statement in the hands of its user. ...

IT's for you
  New Panasonic Eluga I phone follows your gestures
New Delhi, Nov 26,  2014: Panasonic has brought its  ELUGA smartphone series to India, launching ELUGA I this week, a handset with 'smart swipe' features.| The phone sports a 5 inch Raised Curve Display Panel for better viewing  and is powered by  a Quad Core (1. ....
Symantec reports an 'advanced' spying tool out there
Bangalore, November 25 2014: Symantec has uncovered a new piece of malware—reminiscent of Stuxnet and Duqu—which bears the hallmarks of a state-sponsored operation and is believed to have been in use since at least 2008.\  Dubbed “Regin", this backdoor-type Trojan is being used as an espionage and surveillance tool, operating with a level of sophistication rarely seen. ....
Rittal showcases its modular, scalable data centre solutions for India
Bangalore, November 21 2014: Herborn( Germany)-based  Rittal  has brought its modular data centre designs and technologies in India. ...
Indian Internet users poised to cross 300 million: IAMAI study
New Delhi, November 21, 2014: The number of Internet users in India would reach 302 million by December 2014, registering a Y-o-Y growth of 32% over last year, according to a  study ‘Internet in India 2014’, jointly conducted by  the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International. ...
CRM & real-time marketing specialist Vizury, honored in Deloitte Technology Fast rankings
Mumbai, November 18, 2014: India headquartered global specialist in behaviour-based and real time marketing, Vizury, has emerged Number 4 on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 India 2014, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in India. ...

IT people
  Amarinder Dhaliwal to lead YU brand business for Micromax
Gurgaon, November 28, 2014:  Amarinder S Dhaliwal, former co-founder & CEO of DONE BY NONE, is to be  the Chief Operating Officer (COO)  of  Micromax Informatics, new Internet brand, YU. Amarinder has earlier led leading brands including Indiatimes Shopping and Zigwheels. ....
Uma Ratnam Krishnan joins Take Solutions board
Chennai, November 18, 2014: Uma Ratnam Krishnan has been appointed Independent Director  by  global business technology solutions company TAKE Solutions which specializes in Life Sciences (LS) and Supply Chain Management (SCM). Ms. Krishnan brings with her a diverse experience of 27 years in the Financial Services sector. ....
Derek Nazareth to head XL Group ops in India
Bangalore, November 18, 2014  Derek Nazareth is the new  India  Country Manager for   the  XL Group. ...

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Indian executives rising to top roles in Silicon Valley
Many of the world's most exciting new companies - Twitter, Dropbox, Tesla, Airbnb — are being driven by Indians in top management roles. Contrary to popular perception, they are no longer limited to just technology, which Indians are traditionally known for. Economic Times November 18 2014


8 years, 800 m handsets later, Nokia shutters Chennai plant
The 800-plus remaining employees at Nokia’s Sriperumbdur plant now have no choice but to opt for a voluntary retirement scheme as operations are to be suspended from November 1.  Hindu Businessline November 1 2014

Binatone acquires Gecko-maker Connovate
Connovate Technologies, the maker of multifunctional piece Gecko, has been acquired by Hong Kong-based consumer electronics company Binatone for an undisclosed amount, heralding a breakthrough for Indian startups in the internet-of-things (IoT) spaceEconomic Times October 13 2014 


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